Baltimore is furiously knocking down vacant houses — but barely keeps up as new ones go empty

Despite demolition crews working at an unprecedented pace in recent months to tear down Baltimore’s vacant houses, the number of abandoned buildings in the city has barely budged. Even as long rows of empty houses are being razed, other homes are going vacant much faster than officials had expected — for reasons they’re all but at a loss to explain. In February, city records listed 16,724 vacant buildings. Eight months later, the figure was 16,577. (Balt. Sun)

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